Saturday, January 12, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending January 12, 2019)

There was a bit of a lull in new music announcements through the holidays, but a new year is upon us and they are starting to roll in! Check out my Upcoming Releases page to see a full list of albums that I am looking forward to!

This week, James Blake announced his fourth album, Assume Form.

Blake started his career with a looser electronic style (at one time referred to as "post-dubstep"... the term did not stick), which he demonstrated through his early EPs and his debut album. He's progressively gotten further away from the style that defined his early work. Subsequent albums, 2013's Overgrown and 2016's The Colour in Anything, combined the electronic with R&B.

He promises his next record will be even poppier than anything he's done before, and it's certainly more feature-heavy. The album will include both other experimental artists, like Moses Sumney and Rosalía, and more mainstream artists with Travis Scott on a track.

Though no new songs were released along with the album announcement, it will include the previously-released "Don't Miss It."

Assume Form is coming very soon; on January 18!

Also announced recently:

The Coathangers - The Devil You Know (March 8)
Cochemea - All My Relations (February 22)
Ex Hex - It’s Real (March 22)
Future - The WIZRD (January 18)
Hannah Georgas - Imprints (March 8)
Hand Habits - placeholder (March 1)
LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions (February 8)
New Order - Movement Definitive Edition (April 5)
Pond - Tasmania (March 1)
Priests - The Seduction of Kansas (April 5)
PUP - Morbid Stuff (April 5)
Ryan Adams - Big Colors (April 19)
SOAK - Grim Town (April 26)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Music Friday - June 15, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive and Well

At 82, Buddy Guy is proving that it's not just the blues that is alive and well. This is 18th album from the legendary blues man, coming just three years after the Grammy-winning Born to Play Guitar.

Listen: "Cognac" (featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
Listen: "You Did the Crime" (featuring Mick Jagger)

Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Aguilera was a ubiquitous figure in late '90s and early 2000s pop. She's taken a bit of a break since 2012's Lotus, focusing on her television duties (hosting and acting). She's back with her eighth album, with features from Demi Lovato, GoldLink, Ty Dolla $ign, and 2 Chainz.

Watch: "Fall in Line" (featuring Demi Lovato)
Watch: "Accelerate" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign, & 2 Chainz)

MOURN - Sorpresa Familia

MOURN is a four-piece from Barcelona, Spain. Sorpresa Familia is their third album and follows 2014's Ha, Ha, He!. The album covers a recent difficult time for the band, during which they made mismanagement  accusations towards their previous label. Thankfully, they were able to get out and continue making music!

Watch: "Fun at the Geysers"
Watch: "Barcelona City Tour"

serpentwithfeet - soil

This is the first album from serpentwithfeet, following his 2016 EP blisters. His music is hard to perfectly categorize. He started with a desire to become a classical singer, but fell into neo-soul scenes in Philadelphia. His classical leanings are still prevalent in his style, but with more contemporary instrumentation and more than a little experimentation.

Watch: "bless ur heart"
Watch: "cherubim"


SOPHIE is a Scottish musician and producer. She has produced for a wide variety of pop musicians including MØ, Charli XCX, and Madonna, as well as Let's Eat Grandma, Vince Staples, and Cashmere Cat. She's also been an active artist in her own right with a number of singles over the past few years. This is her first studio album.

Watch: "Faceshopping"
Listen: "Immaterial"

Other Full-Length Releases

Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck

Watch: "I Am the Moment"
Watch: "Are You Electrified?"

Chromeo - Head Over Heels

Watch: "Must’ve Been" (featuring DRAM)
Watch: "Juice"

Jay Rock - Redemption

Watch: "The Bloodiest"
Watch: "WIN"

John Parish - Bird Dog Dante

Listen: "Sorry for Your Loss" (featuring PJ Harvey)
Listen: "Rachel" (featuring Aldous Harding)

Johnny Marr - Call the Comet

Watch: "Hi Hello"
Listen: "Rise"

Kevin Krauter - Toss Up

Watch: "Keep Falling in Love"
Listen: "Rollerskate"

Matty - Déjàvu

Listen: "Clear"
Listen: "Déjàvu"

Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Watch: "Breathe In, Breathe Out"
Watch: "Desert Horse"


Listen: "Adam and Eve"
Listen: "Bonjour"

Palberta - Roach Goin’ Down

Listen: "Roach Goin’ Down"
Listen: "Ziddy"

R+R=NOW - Colagically Speaking

Listen: "Colors in the Dark"
Listen: "Change of Tone"

stuart A. staples - Arrythmia
Watch: "A New Real"

Watch: "Memories of Love"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Fucked Up - High Rise 7”

Listen: "High Rise"

The Gaslight Anthem - The ’59 Sound Sessions

Listen: "The ’59 Sound"
Listen: "Placeholder"

The Killers - Career Box

Watch: "Somebody Told Me"
Watch: "The Man"

Protomartyr - Consolation E.P.

Watch: "Wheel of Fortune" (featuring Kelley Deal)
Listen: "You Always Win" (featuring Kelley Deal)

The Rolling Stones - Studio Albums Collection 1971 - 2016

Listen: "Brown Sugar"
Listen: "Blue and Lonesome"

S&S Presents: Dreams

Watch: Yumi Zouma - "France (Grand Boulevards)"
Watch: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Yugoslavia"

Trentemøller - The Last Resort Reissue

Watch: "Take Me into Your Skin"
Watch: "Vamp"

Uncle Drew: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Watch: A$AP Ferg - "Harlem Anthem"
Listen: A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage - "Cocky" (featuring London On Da Track)

Saturday, December 29, 2018

New Music Friday - December 28, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Full-Length Releases

Fashion Brigade - Fvck the Heartache

Listen: "Fvck the Heartache"
Listen: "Kissyface"

Saturday, December 22, 2018

New Music Friday - June 8, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

Lost & Found is the debut album from this young British singer. Her style is a jazz-inflected R&B that's a bit reminiscent of Amy Winehouse's music. Prior to this album, she made a name for herself through collaborations, including with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kali Uchis.

Watch: "Let Me Down" (featuring Stormzy)
Watch: "On Your Own"

Lykke Li - so sad so sexy

Li has been one of my favorite artists for the better part of the past decade, and this is her fourth album. She subtly shifts her style from album to album, with this being her most straightforward pop outing (though pop has always been a part of her style). It's another great record from a great artist!

Watch: "deep end"
Watch: "hard rain"

Other Full-Length Releases

Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen

Listen: "Childqueen"
Listen: "Mother Maybe"

Lily Allen - No Shame

Watch: "Trigger Bang" (featuring Giggs)
Watch: "Lost My Mind"

Snail Mail - Lush

Watch: "Pristine"
Watch: "Heat Wave"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Angelique Kidjo - Remain in Light

Watch: "Born Under Punches"
Watch: "Once in a Lifetime"

New Music Friday - December 21, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Full-Length Releases

Chewing - Pacific Ocean Blue

Listen: "Moonshine" (featuring Cults)
Listen: "River Song" (featuring Local Natives)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

New Music Friday - June 1, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer

Josh Tillman has been a very prolific artist since starting his career in 2004, with 12 album both under the name J. Tillman and under his newer moniker, Father John Misty. He's followed up his last record, 2017's Pure Comedy, fairly quickly, with an album he jokingly referred to as its Pure Comedy 2 while touring for the previous record.

Watch: "Mr. Tillman"
Watch: "Date Night"


LUMP is the latest record from the spectacular Laura Marling, partnering with Mike Lindsay of TUNNG. It's a short, but sweet album. Vocally, the record is similar to her solo work, but Lindsay's involvement lends a different instrumentation to her sound.

Watch: "Curse of the Contemporary"
Watch: "May I Be the Light"

Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past

Prass scrapped the initial follow-up to her 2015 self-titled debut following the 2016 election. A different record came out of her frustration with the results. She channels those frustrations into an R&B-inflected record that calls for unity in these times.

Watch: "Short Court Style"
Watch: "The Fire"

Neko Case - Hell-On

Only Neko Case could make me look beyond the worst album art I've seen this year (I'm sorry Neko, though I still love you). She is as masterful as ever on her seventh album, showcasing the sounds she's developed both as a solo artist and with The New Pornographers, as well as introducing some new ideas.

Watch: "Last Lion of Albion"
Watch: "Curse of the I-5 Corridor" (featuring Mark Lanegan)

The Saxophones - Songs of The Saxophones

The Saxophones are the husband-wife duo of Alexi Erenkov and Alison Alderdice. They've released a series of short EPs together over the past couple of year, this is their first studio album.

Watch: "Mysteries Revealed"
Listen: "Picture"

Other Full-Length Releases

Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge - The Midnight Hour

Listen: "Black Beacon"
Listen: "Better Endeavor"

Juliana Daugherty - Light

Listen: "Light"
Listen: "Sweetheart"

Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Watch: "Black Snow"
Watch: "The Station"


Watch: "Miles Away" (featuring Amelia Meath)
Listen: "Steampowered Blues"

Richard Edwards - Verdugo

Watch: "Minefield"
Listen: "Beekeeper"

Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You

Watch: "As Long As I Have You"
Listen: "I’ve Got Your Love"

Sam Evian - You, Forever

Watch: "IDGAF"
Watch: "You, Forever"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity EP

Watch: "You & Me & Infinity"
Listen: "My Heart Is Immortal"

The Flaming Lips - Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Watch: "The Captain"
Watch: "Do You Realize??"

Mazzy Star - Still

Watch: "Quiet, the Winter Harbor"
Listen: "Still"

Paul Simon - Graceland - The Remixes

Listen: "Graceland" (MK & KC Lights Remix)
Listen: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" (Thievery Corporation Remix)